5 Steps to Treating Love Addiction
Jim Hall, MS, Love Addiction Specialist
This article describes five important core issues that could help love addicts recover from love addiction.
People looking for the answers to overcoming their love addiction often ask two questions:
What areas can you address to help you establish happy and satisfying love in our lives?
Addressing these five areas can contribute to the healing process and propel you to relationship health.
1. Fear of abandonment… one of their greatest fears and emotional triggers in relationships.
2. Denial… love addicts enter relationships in denial- denial of their partner‘s reality, the relationship, and the self. When this denial begins to crumble within a relationship or after a breakup, this is when withdrawal symptoms will occur.
3. Impaired Self Worth-Toxic Shame… with internal feelings of shame carried from childhood, love addicts have difficulty validating their inherent value and worth, have a distorted reality and carry false beliefs about themselves and about love & intimacy; problems of anger, isolation, depression.
4. Unrealistic expectations… love addicts go into relationships with unrealistic and expectations that no one can live up to, even their avoidant partner.
Here is the thing my friend, the problem is NOT about your partner... the problem is these core issues that have fueled most of us into our toxic dependency.
Despite this, there is hope… there is a way out!